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From: (Pete Wright)

The Special Ed Advocate

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November 19, 1998 Vol. 1, No. 18

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(1) FEATURE! "Seven Steps to Effective Mediation" (originally published
in TRIAL magazine)

(2) BOOKS about Mediation in the Advocate’s Bookstore

(3) LINKS about Mediation in Wrightslaw

(4) Subscription and Contact Information


(1) FEATURE! "Seven Steps to Effective Mediation" by Diana Santa Maria
and Marc A. Gregg.

Most of our subscribers know that when Congress amended the IDEA, they
added mediation as a new procedural safeguard. With mediation, some
parents and school districts will be able to resolve their disagreements
and disputes.

Parents, advocates, attorneys and schools have questions about
mediation. How does it
work? Can it help? What do you need to know about mediation?

A few weeks ago, we read "Seven Steps to Effective Mediation" in TRIAL.

TRIAL is the Journal for the American Trial Lawyers Association. The
article was excellent. We contacted the authors, Diana Santa Maria and
Marc Gregg, who are practicing attorneys in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
They gave consent for us to add "Seven Steps to Effective Mediation" to
The Special Ed Advocate web site.

Here are some questions for you:

1. Who/what are directors, influencers, steady types, and compliant

2. What do mediation clients need to know?

3. How long does mediation take?

4. Where should mediation take place? When should mediation take place?

5. What does it mean to "share information strategically?"

6. How do you prepare a mediator?

7. Why do you allow the mediator to discover the facts in the case?

8. Why is it important to seal the deal in writing?

For the answers to these questions, go to



The authors of "Seven Steps to Effective Mediation" recommend several
books about mediation.
You can order these books at the Advocate's Bookstore:

1. “You Can Negotiate Anything” by Herb Cohen.

This is what one reviewer wrote about "You Can Negotiate Anything:"

"To my delight the book is not only keenly insightful and amazingly
informative, it is
extraordinarily entertaining . . . the book manages to crystallize and
articulate principles and
truths . . . In a weird way, “You Can Negotiate Anything” feels like it
was written as my own
personal guide to dealing with the world. Incidentally, I've given
“Negotiate Anything” to a dozen
or so people who have had an identical reaction."

"My only gripe is that Cohen apparently never wrote a second book."

2. “Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In” by Roger
Fisher and William Ury
(Penguin USA, 1991)

Based on research from the Harvard Negotiation Project, "Getting to Yes"
is about how to
negotiate "win-win" solutions to disputes. In this best-selling "bible
for negotiators," you'll learn
how to negotiate without giving in or turning the disagreement into a
test of wills - where no one

3. “How to Mediate Your Dispute” by Peter Lovenheim (Nolo Press)

"How to Mediate Your Dispute" shows how to go through the mediation
process from start to

Lawyer- mediator Peter Lovenheim shows how to choose a mediator, prepare
a case, go through the mediation process and arrive at win-win
agreements. The book includes detailed chapters on the types of cases
often taken to mediation.

For more information - and the complete Table of Contents of "How to
Mediate Your Dispute," go to



Parent-school disputes are similar to family disputes - a child is
involved, the stakes are high, and emotions run strong. It's important
for parents to learn about the mediation process, what mediation can and
cannot accomplish, and how mediators should be trained. If you
understand how the mediation process works, you'll have a better chance
of using mediation successfully.

Follow these links to learn more about mediation -

LAW: What does the law say about procedural safeguards and mediation?

FAQs: What is Mediation? How Does It Work?

From "Frequently Asked Questions" and "Standards of Practice" by The
Academy of Family Mediators.

TACTICS & STRATEGY: Mediation: A Tactics & Strategy Session with Pete
and Pam Wright



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